High involvement innovation

Professor John Bessant’s starting point is a conviction that every single human being is immensely creative.

But how do we mobilise that innate creativity? John says: 

“We need to create enabling infrastructures and strategic direction to make Employee-Driven Innovation happen as well as nurturing an understanding that it is a long term, continuous and evolving process and not a magic wand intervention.”

John launched Euwin’s new video on employment driven innovation  featuring four very different organisations, all of which create spaces in where people can step back from their day-to-day tasks to generate ideas for improvement and innovation. 

It can be as simple as establishing regular forums that enable staff at all levels of an organisation to leave job titles and hierarchies behind, and to explore new ideas through open and free-thinking discussion. 

Matt Longman showed how these forums generate ideas for improving the service in Devon and Cornwall Police at a time of financial stringency. Electric bicycles, for example, are a great way of improving visibility while ensuring that officers cover enough territory in remote rural areas. 

Likewise opportunities such as Down Tools Week at Red Gate Software enable staff to step back from the day job to develop their own ideas for new products and ways of working. 

Ideas for improving the business should also be part of the day job.  Innocent encourages staff at every level to think continuously about ideas for improvement and innovation, according to Tom Fraine. Being 70% sure that an idea will work is sufficient to get the support needed to take it forward. Natalie Wilkie and Gary Holpin of The Met Office argue strongly that new ideas can come from anyone. A network of volunteers recruited from every level of the organisation is gradually establishing a culture of innovation in ways that break down silos and release new waves of creativity.

 Watch the panel discussion below.

“Video provided by Octopus HR Software”  

Case studies are available for  Innocent  , Red Gate Software ,  Devon & Cornwall Police and The Met Office

John’s amazing presentation on high involvement innovation involved two guitars and a vocalist. Check it out here

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